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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Finance Group

Studying Finance @ Humboldt

Finance is a subfield of economics which examines the "financial system" as a system which affects the allocation of economic resources in uncertain environments. Core research questions concern the financial decision making of individuals, firms, and financial intermediaries, the functioning of financial markets, and the pricing of assets such as bonds, stocks, currencies, commodities, and derivative securities. Financial decisions include investment, financing, and risk management decisions. Finance also studies the governance structures of firms and how managers are or should be compensated.

The School of Business and Economics offers a broad spectrum of finance and finance-related courses at the Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels. By taking these courses, students can receive a broad and in-depth education in finance, which prepares them for careers in banking, asset management, corporate treasury, and business consulting.

Finance is the most quantitative of business majors. Students specializing in finance will benefit from sound knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and econometrics. For students interested in writing a Bachelor or Master thesis in Finance, it is important to know how to handle and analyze financial data.

The following list shows all finance and finance-related courses offered by the Finance Group and other chairs at the School of Business and Economics. In addition to the courses stated on this list, there are seminars for students who want to write bachelor or master theses.


Introductory courses:

  • Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I
  • Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II
  • Financial Markets & Social Science
  • Valuation (Accounting)

Advanced courses:

  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Markets: Economic Theory & Practice
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing
  • Banken (last offer in SS 2019)
  • Venture Capital*
Empirical & quantitative courses  
  • Empirical Research in Finance 
  • Angewandte Kausalanalyse (Empirical Labor Economics)
  • Datenanalyse I & II (Statistics)
  • Tabellenkalkulation mit MS Excel (Career Center)
  • Datenanalyse mit STATA - Erlernen und Anwenden
  • Data Scraping - Eine praxisorientierte Einführung (bologna.labs)

Introductory courses:

  • Finance Theory
  • Valuation (Accounting)
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis (Accounting)
  • Theory of Incentives (Micro)

Advanced courses:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Case Seminar Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Restructurings*
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Fixed Income
  • Venture capital*
  • Advanced Financial Economics*
  • Finance-Accounting Research Seminar
  • Finance Reading Group*
  • Finance Brownbag Seminar
  • Empirical Accounting Reading Group (Accounting)
  • Empirical Methods in Accounting and Finance* (Accounting)
  • Statistics of Financial Markets (Statistics)
  • Advanced Methods in Quantitative Finance (Statistics)
  • Statistical Tools in Finance and Insurance (Statistics)

* marks courses that are being planned. It remains to be determined when these courses will be offered.

To collect credits for the "Überfachlicher Wahlpflichtbereich (ÜWP)" we recommend the Portfolio Management Programm (PMP) or courses offered by the Humboldt Innovation GmbH on how to start-up your own company. 

Expected Future Course Offerings

The following table lists the expected course offerings of the Finance Group over the next three semesters. There is no guarantee that these courses will be offered as expected. To obtain information about actual course offerings, please turn to the most recent "Vorlesungsverzeichnis".



Summer Term 2019

Winter Term 2019/2020

Summer Term 2020

Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft I X   X
Grundlagen der Finanzwirtschaft II   X  
Financial Markets & Social Science / Finance for Citizens   X  
Banken (Saupe) X    
Financial Markets: Economic Theory & Practice X   X

Financial Derivatives

Financial Intermediation O   X
Behavioral Finance and Asset Pricing X X X
Empirical Research in Finance X X X
Bachelor Thesis Seminar dt. X X X
Bachelor Thesis Seminar engl. X X X
Finance Theory   X  
Advanced Corporate Finance X   X
Case Seminar Advanced Corporate Finance X   X
Corporate Restructurings X   X
Financial Derivatives X X  
Fixed Income X   X
Master Thesis Seminar:
Financial Economics
Master Thesis Seminar:
Corporate Finance
Advanced Financial Economics      
Finance Brownbag Seminar X X X
Finance-Accounting Research Seminar X X X

° to be determined

For more detailed information on course sequencing and course contents, students of the School of Business and Economics should visit the following pages: Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D.


Visiting Students

On courses without space constraints, we accept a limited number of visiting students (Nebenhörer) from other universities. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should submit an application to the group's secretaries Mrs. Bulwahn or Mrs. Bauer. The application must contain the registration form and proofs that prerequisite requirements (if any) are satisfied. For more information, please visit the Studierenden Service Center website.